- Photographed in September 2018 at Adelaide's Concours de Lemons

Citroen DS21

Photographed in September 2018 at Adelaide's Concours de Lemons

The Citroen DS Series cars were built from 1955 until 1975, with a total of 1,455,746 produced.

The futuristic design, advanced aerodynamics and innovative technology attracted the publics attention immediately, and the DS soon gained a reputation for having exceptional ride quality (due to the self-levelling pneumatic suspension), handling and braking.

The DS was the first mass production car fitted with disc brakes.

The DS21 had a 2,175cc inline 4 cylinder engine.

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  • What makes the DS fascinating, and futuristic, is when you compare it to other cars of the same era. If I remember right, it's not oly FWD, but a front/mid engine layout. engine is behind the transmission and axles. The suspension was long travel, active, and interconnected. That actively leveled the car, allowed a variable ride height, and rough road capabilities.

    When the DS came out, a lot of cars were little more than big shiny things, with fins and chrome, on a separate chassis, like a truck.

      2 years ago
  • A real gem đź‘Ś

      2 years ago
  • Love Citroen DS’s. Dad actually owned about 7 of them over the years as a kid. Great quirky car. I know he “regularly” has to get the “spheres” for the suspension refilled coz otherwise the suspension wouldn’t level out properly and couldn’t raise the car to the max.

    He had a really rare bonnet emblem on his DS21 Pallas tho. Never seen one again and only seen it in 1 picture on a Chapron Drop Top. Looked very similar to the bonnet emblem you find on a Porsche 356. Any info on that would be greatly appreciated and awesome az coz I’ve tried to do research but couldn’t find anything

      2 years ago
    • The spheres control the suspension damping/rebound, as well as ride height. If I remember correctly, the sphere is roughly divided into two sections. The lower half had he hydraulic fluid, the upper was filled with nitrogen. My guess is...

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  • I've been in a few DS's and they are wonderful cars. I've driven an SM, an equally delightful car.

    The suspension was actually hydraulic. The same hydraulic system was used with the steering and brakes. It's an amazing system and not as complex as people think.

    Rolls Royce licensed the suspension technology from Citroen. That's impressive.

      2 years ago
    • I didn't know that about Rolls-Royce.. Very cool.. Citroen innovated a lot of great stuff over the years, they certainly weren't afraid to take a few chances!

        2 years ago
  • My one recollection of driving a DS (I think it was a 19) was stamping around the floor trying to find the button to get the brakes engaged! Terrifying! And the square steering wheel :)

      2 years ago